A popular method of brainstorming involves writing every idea on Post-it Notes, then organizing them into categories. 3M developed Post-in Note Plus to make saving all these snippets at the end of one of these sessions a snap, rather than a hassle.
You begin by taking a picture of your collection of notes, and the software converts them into digital form, where they appear on a virtual bulletin board. Additional notes can later be added to this board.
The app handles the conversion process very well. In our tests, it found all the notes on a board, no matter their size or color. Not surprisingly, it struggles with notes that are the same color as the background, but gave us the option to add them anyway.
Once the notes have been digitized, you can move them around on the virtual board, but also do much more: Individual notes can be printed or emailed, or the entire board can be converted to a PDF and uploaded to various popular cloud services, including DropBox and OneDrive.
But keep in mind, 3M is in the business of selling Post-it Notes, so it hasn’t released free software to make them unnecessary. That’s why you can’t write new notes in the app, only work with ones you have written on paper. You also can’t edit the content of a note.
At this point, there’s only an iOS version and 3M hasn’t said anything about ones for Android or Windows. The app works on both iPad and iPhone.
Post-it Notes have been ubiquitous in offices for decades, but these little slips of paper, handy as they are, are in danger of being left behind by people who increasingly organize their lives with tablets and smartphones. Post-in Notes Plus is intended to keep the analog tool relevant in the digital world. It’s a must have for groups who frequently brainstorm with Post-in Notes, especially because it’s free.
While it’s more likely to be used by businesspeople, a family that keeps itself organized with notes stuck to a board – or the fridge – could also find this free app useful.